Soloist of the Opera
Jiří Hruška studied at the Prague Conservatoire in the class of Miroslav Frydlewicz, and he completed his studies at the Academy of Music, under the tutorship of Luděk Löbl, in 1993. Already as a student, he performed together with the chamber ensemble of the Czech Philharmonics, known as the Prague Madrigal Singers. In 1991, he became the permanent guest performer at Opera Mozart. From 1992 to 1995 he was a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague, where he performed the roles of Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Jirka in The Secret, Janek in The Makropulos Affair, Monostat in Die Zauberflöte, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Doctor S. in Nyman’s minimalist opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and other roles. He joined the Prague State Opera as a soloist in 1998; he performed there as Gaston in La traviata, Borsa in Rigoletto, Dancairo in Carmen, Triquet in Eugene Onegin, and also sang the role of Peter Hardy in the staging of E. F. Burian’s Bubu of Montparnasse, The Doctor in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Lanterna in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni, Garcon in the world premiere of Laurent Petitgirard’s Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man, and Marcello in Thomas’s Hamlet. Since January 2012 he has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. He also gives concerts, mainly focusing on oratorios and religious music, primarily from the period of the Renaissance, up to the contemporary music. He also works with philharmonic orchestras, Czech Television, and he also performs abroad (Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and South Korea). In 2002, Jiří joined the vocal quartet The Swings.
Update: January 2012